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TextNow - free text + calls

TextNow - free text + calls

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App Description

The following description comes from the Google Play Store description of the app:

FREE SMS TEXTING, PICTURE MESSAGING, CALLING, AND VOICEMAIL

Free UNLIMITED calling and UNLIMITED SMS text messaging to all US & Canadian phone numbers.

TextNow gives you your very own dedicated phone number with which you can text and call your friends, family, significant others, neighbors, or anyone else you would like!

PEOPLE WHO LOVE TEXTNOW

"If you want an unlimited texting without the high priced carrier based texting plans, then Textnow is the app for you." 4/5 rating --AppAdvice

"Anyone needing an unlimited number of texts, we’d recommend TextNow as our app of choice" --AppAddict

"Just as fast sending/receiving as regular texts for me (including people who don't have the app)." -tbm248, MacRumors


DEDICATED PHONE NUMBER
Give your friends your very own phone number they can call!

UNLIMITED TEXT MESSAGING
You can send as many text messages as you want to US & Canada - FREE!

UNLIMITED CALLS TO USA AND CANADA
Make unlimited free phone calls to any phone number in the US & Canada!

LOW-COST & FREE INTERNATIONAL CALLING
Add money or earn free money by completing offers to your account and make low-cost international calls

IS IT REALLY FREE?

There is no catch. No yearly or monthly fees! It is completely free!

HOW CAN ALL OF THIS BE FREE?

The app comes with a few ads. If you don't like ads, you can purchase a subscription to remove them.

HIGHLIGHTS:

- Make and receive voice calls
- Earn credits towards calling by completing partnered offers or purchase minute packs!
- Free & unlimited voice calls with other TextNow users as well as for incoming calls!
- Full picture messaging : send, receive and save pictures!
- Voicemail and Call Forwarding
- Emoticons :-)
- Signatures: add your own signature to each text
- Customizable text-tone, ringtone & vibration
- Customizable backgrounds
- Assign individual contacts their own ringtone & background
- Quick Reply to easily (and quickly) respond to friends
- Home screen widget to launch TextNow, compose a new message or quickly make a call
- Unified inbox: send and receive your texts directly via TextNow - use TextNow as your one-stop SMS texting app!
- Real SMS texting and calling: text and call ANY phone that accepts SMS texting, and ANY phone for calling.
- TextNow.com - text from your computer too! All messages seamlessly synchronize with your mobile device.
Sensitive Permissions Used By This App
Permission What Why
Record audio Can record audio through microphone on device Internal
Full network access Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for social networking services
Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for targeted advertising
Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for utility purposes
Pair with bluetooth devices Can connect to user's Bluetooth devices Internal
Retrieve running apps Can retrieve information on currently and recently running apps on the device It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Find accounts on the device Can use user's account information stored on the phone Internal
Read phone status and identity Can read phone's current state information like in-phone call, phone signal, carrier, device ID, and phone number Internal
Read your contacts Can read user's contact list (phone book) and phone call history Internal
Change network connectivity Allows applications to change network connectivity state. It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Send sms messages Can send SMS messages Internal
Take pictures and videos Can use camera or flashlight on the phone Targeted ads
Modify or delete the contents of your usb storage Can write to your phone's USB storage Not analyzed yet
Approximate location (network-based) Can use user's approximate location Not analyzed yet
Modify your contacts Can edit contacts on device Not analyzed yet
Write call log Can change your device’s call log including incoming and outgoing calls data Not analyzed yet
Draw over other apps Can create alerts on other apps or parts of the user interface Not analyzed yet
Receive text messages (sms) Can receive SMS messages Not analyzed yet
Receive text messages (mms) Allows an application to monitor incoming MMS messages. Not analyzed yet
Read your text messages (sms or mms) Can read SMS messages Not analyzed yet
Read call log Can read your device’s call log, including incoming and outgoing calls Not analyzed yet
Reroute outgoing calls Allows an application to see the number being dialed during an outgoing call with the option to redirect the call to a different number or abort the call altogether. Not analyzed yet
Disable your screen lock Allows applications to disable the keyguard if it is not secure. Not analyzed yet
Connect and disconnect from wi-fi Can connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points Not analyzed yet
Directly call phone numbers Can call phone numbers Not analyzed yet
Access bluetooth settings Allows applications to discover and pair bluetooth devices. Not analyzed yet
Third Party Libraries Used by this App
Library Usage
Tapjoy
Facebook
Amazonaws
Admarvel
Mopub

Privacy Analysis

Version of the app analyzed:

5.7.1

App was last analyzed by Privacy Grade on:

03/31/2017

Why does this app have this grade?

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